When I Pray, What Does God Do?  -     By: David Wilkinson
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Scientist and theologian David Wilkinson shares his insights and struggles with the question of how God answers prayer

How does God answer prayer? This question has engaged Christians for centuries. It has been intellectually shaped by the rise of science, the problem of evil, and the nature of the biblical records. Scientist and theologian David Wilkinson engages with the question, sharing his insights and struggles.

What we believe affects how we pray. Science does not rule out God acting in the universe in surprising ways, and the Bible portrays a God who acts in the world in response to peoples prayers. God is not a slot machine, an indulgent parent, a divine dictator, or a ruler in absentia. But how does He work in a world of science? Why doesn't He answer more often? How has God acted in history? How did Jesus pray and what can we learn from Him? How, in a world governed by law and grace, should we pray?

There is a mystery about the nature and outcome of prayer, particularly in the experience of unanswered prayer. David Wilkinson shares how he has wrestled with this while praying in the midst of his wife's long-term illness .

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 224
Vendor: Monarch Books
Publication Date: 2015
Dimensions: 7.75 X 5.00 (inches)
ISBN: 085721604X
ISBN-13: 9780857216045

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  1. Medford, MA
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    a very thorough, scientific method to prayer and God
    August 26, 2015
    Second Book to the Right
    Medford, MA
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. You dont see many people with two doctorates, each in such differing fields of study that it is almost laughable, but here we have an author who holds doctorates in theology and in astrophysics. Normally people pick one side of the fence to be on, either faith or science, however the author is probably one of the best equipped to truly straddle the fence and be able to say that science really does uphold faith.

    This book was broken down into only a few chapters, which made each of the chapters rather lengthy, and almost cumbersome to read. I would have liked to see a few more chapters in it, just to make me feel like Ive done more progress, instead of taking an hour or three to get through one chapter. That being said, the author does a very thorough job in explaining the theories behind how people currently think God works in their lives, old science theories about how God uses science to work in peoples lives, and current science theories that can show how God can move in peoples lives without being a flood and famine, overbearingly obvious type of God.

    I found this book to be a very thorough book in presenting the evidence, and arguments. The author has a relatively easy, scientific form of writing that I found to be enjoyable. He broke up the almost textbook writing with a few personal anecdotes and humor. If you have a logical, scientific brain like mine and struggle with seeing how God could exist in this world, you will enjoy this book.
  2. Oak Harbor, WA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    An astrophysicist and theologian shares his thoughts on prayer
    August 23, 2015
    Oak Harbor, WA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Prayer is hard for many Christians. Wilkinson suggests that is because of the way we think God answers prayers. As a physicist and theologian, he shares his insights from his own journey of prayer.

    Wilkinson shares his experience with prayer. He has had some surprising answers and all too often no answer. Concentrating on how we understand God, he looks at some popular myths about prayer, such as the slot machine view, the prosperity contract with God, and others. He also looks at biblical passages and what they tell us about God and prayer.

    He has a good discussion on science and miracles, looking at the arguments rooted in the scientific worldview of Newton. He then discusses quantum theory and chaos theory and the arguments of Hume. He reminds us of the folly of saying that our scientific understanding rules out miracles. Scientists continue to modify laws. It may be that some phenomena appear miraculous not because they are breaking scientific laws but simply because they reflect a deeper, truer reality that our present understanding does not reach. (165)

    Wilkinson notes that this book is not a definitive work on God and prayer. It rather reflects his own personal journey in trying to understand prayer as a scientist and Christian. His emphasis is that the key to prayer is our understanding of God. It is not how we pray but who we pray to and how we think God can respond. (183) Models of how God works in the universe may be developed in the future. Then again, God and his actions may always be beyond our ability to comprehend.

    This book leans a bit toward the style of an academic investigation. Wilkinson does add some humor as well as personal experience, however. I recommend this book to those who are particularly interested in science and prayer. Wilkinson has done a great job of exploring the relationship between the two, often referring to previous books on the subject. I appreciated his insights.

    I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher for the purpose of an independent and honest review.
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